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Conjunction of the Moon and Jupiter

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The Moon and Jupiter will share the same right ascension, with the Moon passing 5°30' to the north of Jupiter. The Moon will be 5 days old.

At around the same time, the two objects will also make a close approach, technically called an appulse.

From Cambridge, the pair will become visible around 19:29 (EDT) as the dusk sky fades, 52° above your western horizon. They will then sink towards the horizon, setting at 00:34.

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The Moon will be at mag -11.3, and Jupiter at mag -2.1, both in the constellation Taurus.

The pair will be too widely separated to fit within the field of view of a telescope or pair of binoculars, but will be visible to the naked eye.

A graph of the angular separation between the Moon and Jupiter around the time of closest approach is available here.

The positions of the two objects at the moment of conjunction will be as follows:

Object Right Ascension Declination Constellation Magnitude Angular Size
The Moon 04h59m00s +27°54' Taurus -11.3 32'18"8
Jupiter 04h59m00s +22°23' Taurus -2.1 35"0

The coordinates above are given in J2000.0. The pair will be at an angular separation of 63° from the Sun, which is in Pisces at this time of year.

The sky on 02 April 2025
Sunrise
06:24
Sunset
19:10
Twilight ends
20:47
Twilight begins
04:47

4-day old moon
Waxing Crescent

27%

4 days old

Planets
Rise Culm. Set
Mercury 05:46 11:49 17:53
Venus 05:15 11:36 17:57
Moon 08:52 16:48 00:45
Mars 12:05 19:44 03:26
Jupiter 09:26 16:58 00:33
Saturn 05:54 11:43 17:31
All times shown in EDT.

Source

The circumstances of this event were computed using the DE405 planetary ephemeris published by the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL).

This event was automatically generated by searching the ephemeris for planetary alignments which are of interest to amateur astronomers, and the text above was generated based on an estimate of your location.

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